Sonja Ardoin

JSARP Editorial Board; Research Co-Coordinator, SCIHE KC

Assistant Professor
Appalachian State University

Sonja Ardoin, Ph.D., is an author, learner, educator, and facilitator. She originates from "Cajun country" and is proud of her first generation to Ph.D. educational journey. Sonja brings experience in student activities, leadership development, community engagement, fraternity and sorority life, student conduct, and academic advising. She is currently an assistant professor of student affairs administration at Appalachian State University.  Sonja studies social class identity, college access and success for first-generation college students and students from rural areas, student and women’s leadership, and career preparation and pathways in higher education and student affairs. She stays engaged in the field by presenting, facilitating, and volunteering with a variety of professional associations and nonprofit organizations. Sonja not only identifies as a first-generation college student herself, but also studies others’ experiences and is the author of College Aspirations and Access in Working-Class, Rural Communities: The Mixed Signals, Challenges, and New Language First-Generation Students Encounter. She also serves on the NASPA Socioeconomic & Class Issues in Higher Education Knowledge Community (KC) and the NASPA Center for First-generation Student Success Advocacy Group.

Learn more about Sonja's work by visiting her website ( or following her on Twitter (@SonjaArdoin).